Pimple-like Growth That Won't Go Away - Please Help!
Hello. I chose this forum because I don't know where else to turn. I'm a heavy-set male (240 lbs, mid-twenties) and, occasionally, wind up with a pimple on my rear end. I've had one there now (in the same spot) for about six months and it won't go away, no matter what I do. It hurts some days and, other days, is barely there. There is some sort of mass beneath the skin directly under this "pimple". This mass fluxuates in size from day to day. The "pimple" face sometimes bleeds (a rather thin, possibly puss-mixed blood) - that's usually when the mass is at its smallest.
I have no medical insurance and no one close enough that I might ask about this. It's rather embarrassing and, more to the point, uncomfortable. I've tried applying a hot rag to the area which almost seems to make the mass (swelling?) go down.
This "thing" is confusing and very frustrating. Yesterday, I began entertaining ideas of numbing the area with ice and cutting it open - but I figured it'd be better to seek medical advice from those more knowledgable before I go X-acto-knifing my way into my butt flesh. Any help would be great appreciated. I'm at my wit's end with this thing. Thank you.
Are you sure its pimple? Possibly a boil? Have you tried washing w/an acne wash? Maybe see if there are any free clinics in ur area that could help? Sorry I couldnt be more helpful! Good luck Maybe someone else on here will have a little more advice!
The dictionary says a boil is: A painful, circumscribed pus-filled inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissue usually caused by a local staphylococcal infection. Also called furuncle.
So does that seem similar to what I posted? If so, any ideas on how to get rid of a boil? Also, any ideas on the best, most discrete way to go about locating a free clinic in my area? Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
I will definitely let you know. Here's an email I just sent to my friend - since he can find the humor in situations like this, I figured maybe someone here can, too. Thanks again for all your help; I'll keep you posted.
So I just got back to the office from my apartment... Earlier today, I went to the pharmacy on my lunch break. Like I mentioned this morning, I went to some medical website and posted in their forum about the huge growth on my eastern-most gluteal hemisphere. Someone there suggested it might be a boil, so I went to ask the pharmacist if there was anything I could put on it to get rid of it.
The first time I went to CVS, the girl in the pharmacy - after I'd explained everything to her - finally told me that the pharmacist wouldn't be back for another 15 minutes. But before that, she managed to take me down the Preperation-H aisle and blankly suggest I rub hemmorhoid cream on my ass-pimple. This was immediately following her question, "Is it [the boil] on your foot?" to which I replied an emphatically discreet "No."
Holding the bright yellow box of Preperation-H in my hand, I felt I needed to clarify the situation and explain to her that "this thing" wasn't in or near my anus, rather it was on the cheek. That's when she decided to let me know that she wasn't actually the pharmacist and I could come back in 15 minutes.
A quick trip Walgreens where their pharmacist was also out to lunch burned enough time for me to go back to CVS.
Upon arrival back at CVS, I made a limping bee-line for the pharmacy (Murphy's Law says that if you have a huge boil-pimple on your ass that hurts when you so much as make a heavy sigh, the place where you're most likely to seek accurate medical advice will be at the furthest opposite point of entry to that facility).
Finally getting to the pharmacist, I explain to her that I have what I think is a boil and request her knowledge on any products I might be able to purchase that could eliminate this derriere nuisance. We proceed back to the Preperation-H aisle where I tell her, "In case you're wondering, it's not on my foot". She giggled which, for me, was relieving. I was dealing with someone who was intelligent and wasn't going to be a stick in the mud about the situation. After all, this was embarrassing enough as it is.
She points out some "boil pain soother" cream but says that's only for pain. Then she sees the "Draw Out Salve", which is some sort of cream that you're to put on a gauze bandage and apply to the area once or twice daily. Now a salve is something to ease the "situation", while the draw out, I assume, is supposed to draw out whatever's replicating Stone Mountain on my butt.
So I buy the salve and some big band-aids - I'm not buying gauze and surgical tape, just to have to cut it up and put it on then rip it off once or twice a day. A band-aid will do the job - and enough damage to any hairy parts of the crack of my ass - well enough. So I try not to limp back to my car, or the rest of the day in the office. Because my butt zit is in such a place that sitting isn't so bad, but standing up and walking around irritate the **** out of it.
So the close of business finally comes and I decide to go home and get an early jump on (hopefully) remedying this annoying little dermis herpe. I get home, run the water in the shower and strip down. With one foot up on the bed, I look like I'm trying out for a naked version of those new Captain Morgan's Rum commercials. I'm feeling around my butt cheek, ever-so-lightly running the tip of my index finger over the infectuous war zone that is the beginning of the crack of my ass. Things feel pretty hectic back there. There's no bleeding, no pussing, the face of the pimple is glazed over with a thin skin. I'm pretty sure this needs to be an "open wound" for the salve to do anything - at least that's what makes the most sense - so I know what I have to do. I eyeball the safety pin on the bureau. Hell no, I'm not trying that **** again. So I get in the shower.
My shower is steamy and I use this hot water as a sort of compress against the area in question, hoping the "swelling" will go down. My attention to the area agitates whatever's under the skin and I can feel the pimple face bubble up tautly, as if pressurized. With a heavy sigh (ouch!), I continue to wash and finally get out. My towel is, at the same time, my worst enemy but my only salvation.
I dry off and save the crack of my ass for last. I hold one end of the towel in my right hand, in front of my legs and grab the other end of the towel with my left hand, behind my legs. The towel is between my legs and can be used as a sort of 'floss' to dry my taint and surrounding creviced areas. I do so and finally, slowly, gently, delicately get to the ass-pimple. The slightest rub of the towel hurts enough to make me yelp like a burning cat. Still, I know what must be done. I bring the towel farther up between my legs and use it to apply more pressure to the butt-acne. And with the courage only a desperate man can muster, I yank the towel through my legs.
The course, wet fabric of the towel combined with the applied pressure is enough to rip open the skin of the pimple and a milky, pink, puss-flooded version of blood begins running from this unsightly hole in my cheek. A nice reddish stripe is left on the towel after I grand-prixed it through my taint.
I nakedly limp over to the pantry and grab a roll of paper towels. Ripping one off, I told up and apply it to the bleeding butt pimple. I remove it and find that it's soaked with a running, puss-filled, light-colored blood. I repeat this process until my nerves are so shot, I could smoke a cigarette without having to light it.
Finally, I open the salve and the band-aids and begin preperation. Not being able to see the area in question will make this challenging. The box of salve warns not to rub or massage the ointment in the area, but rather apply to a bandage and place the bandage over the area. So I de-cap the salve and squeeze some ointment onto the bandage. The ingredients on the back of the tube are mostly unpronouncable save one or two things - namely salt (ouch!) and some sort of "food" coloring, to make the salve white. But when I squeeze this stuff on the band-aid, it's black as night.
Let's hope this works. I squoze the salve onto the outer most edge of the gauze part of the band-aid, which I then tried my best to align with the bleeding, pussing ****-pimple that had me in this position in the first place. I think I got it on there, but I won't know for sure. Since my little butt-friend bled out most of my bodily fluid, I feel a little better as there's not such a huge, painful problem back there. I'm looking forward to some positive results from all this, but what I'm also looking forward to, is going home tonight and ripping that band-aid off my hairy ass - part of which is directly in the crack, so it will undoubtedly pull out a good number of hairs from an otherwise sensitive area. I hope you're having a good day.
Maybe in the phone book there should be some clinics.. Here is something I also found- Pilonidal cyst: A special kind of abscess that occurs in the crease of the buttocks. Here's also some home remedies I found...
If you are overweight, try to reduce it.
Follow a balanced healthy diet with meat, plenty of fruit and vegetables.
If you are iron deficient, a course of iron tablets may help reduce infection.
1000mg of Vitamin C daily has also been advocated.
Of course Id def recommend having it looked at! Good Luck =)
The pharmacist gave me some kind of 'draw out salve' ointment that I need to apply twice daily (should be loads of fun at work). When I explained to her that I merely thought it was a boil and was looking for something to get rid of it, this is the ointment she showed me.
When I told her I've had this thing for about six months, she said I should probably have it looked at as it might need to be drained and lanced (that just sounds like so much fun, doesn't it?). So I'll try the ointment first and if that doesn't work, I'll locate a local clinic and subject to myself to the 'drain and lance' routine. Thanks for all your help, I appreciate it.
wow, you have me checking this thread at least 3-4 times a day to see if you have wrote anymore. You should really start your own blog, and keep writing in it, this thread is going to fill up fast. Let us know if you do get a blog and what the addy is so we can keep reading.
You need to see a doctor! What you have described could be a boil, but the ONLY way to know for sure is to see a doctor.
Boils are a Staphylococcal (STAPH) skin infection which involves a hair follicle; often referred to as a boil or a furuncle. A group of boils is known as a carbuncle.
Symptoms and findings include a tender pea-sized (or larger), red nodule; may ooze pus or weep. Treatment includes warm, wet compresses several times a day. Oral or topical antibiotics may be indicated in some cases.
We urge you to see a doctor as soon as possible. We realize you don't have insurance, but you need to get this treated.
I felt like I had entered into your life...and was sharing your boil!!
Keep the posts coming. You will find us to be one big happy (most of the time) family, and I can't wait to find out how the ointment worked.
Let me just offer this. I have a family member who has the same exact thing...and they prescribed her Valtrex (go figure????) and it gets rid of it. She has them recurring, so when she feels them coming on, she takes the Valtrex and it prevents them from becoming so bad.
Good luck, and I can't wait to find out about your ass!!
Well, I have a newfound respect for women who wear thongs and g-strings for the viewing pleasure of their significant others. This band-aid stuck in my crack feels like a disturbing session of gratuitous analingus.
My bowels are telling me to consider a trip to the little boys' room at some point in the near future - and I need to make room for lunch - but if I go to the bathroom, I'm going to have take this band-aid off. And that just doesn't seem like an altogether fun idea here at work. I'm thinking I'll just skip lunch today and have hair-ripping pain for dinner tonight when I get home.
Wow!!! After I posted this last night, I went out to dinner with my boss. While sitting at the bar, trying to ignore the big, generously-adhesived band-aid making a mockery out of my ass hair, I wondered if posting that email was a bit too much. I'm so glad everyone found the humor in it. Thank you for the compliments.
Joanna, I find talking to women - even over male doctors - easier, especially when discussing medical issues. So when I saw the pharmacist was a female, I was relieved. Your husband, might I add, has balls of steel. Most men can't sew at all - but to sew your own wound? Priceless.
Who_is_it, the "boil/pimple/whatever" is on my right cheek. It borders on the beginning of the crack and is pretty far south on the cheek, so when I'm sitting it's not so bad, but when I stand up and walk around, the area gets a lot of unwanted attention.
As you folks read, after I put the salve and the band-aid onto my gluteal "area 51", I went back to work and then later went out to dinner. The band-aid took a little getting used to, but sitting down, standing up and walking around was cause for very little if any pain at all; so, at the moment, I'm pretty relieved.
This wasn't the first time I've used my towel to rip open my butt-boil - I have a whole set of white towels that all have brown streaks on them from dried blood stains. And when I've done it before, the pimple leaked and the pressure was gone. So at this stage of the game, I don't know if the salve has had any real effect at all.
I ripped it open for two reasons: One, to relieve some of the pressure, which would, in turn, ease some of the pain. And two, because I figured a "draw out" salve would work a lot better on an "open" area. I'm assuming I need to play this out for at least a few more days if not a week before I'll know if it's working or not.
When I got home from dinner last night, I busied myself with trivialities, trying to forget the inevitable. Slowly, subconsciously, I found myself removing my clothes in between lighting a cigarette, turning on the television and grabbing a soda. Eventually, I was naked except for my socks and a big band-aid. Wanting to get it over with, I once again assumed the Captain Morgan's rum commercial position and put one foot on the bed and felt around my backside for an edge of the band-aid. Even after several hours of being in a warm place, dealing with my constant motion, the band-aid was living up to its adhering qualities.
After a few tries on a few different sides - all unsuccessful - I finally pinched the middle of the band-aid and pulled until one of the sides came loose. After that, I slid my finger under so I could get a grip on it. I tugged at it slowly and gently - which is the dumbest thing you can do. I felt each hair being yanked out individually. I tug a bit more and my heart goes out to all women who tweeze and wax merely for the sake of beauty.
My thumb and index finger get a firm grip on the band-aid and I decide to just go for it, once again mustering the courage only a desperate idiot with no health insurance can muster. I yank the band-aid off and open my mouth to scream but nothing comes out. It was a silent cry. A lone tear escaped my eye as I brought the band-aid around from my ass to have a looksee. The bandage part of the band-aid looked like a crime scene. There was a big smudge of black from the ointment, which faded into an equally large smudge of red from the bleed-out. The adhesive part of the band-aid looked like it was in desperate need of a shave. My poor ass.
I threw the band-aid away and immediately prepped another one. I figured the puss-geyser on my ass cheek could use as much ointment attention as possible. My aim was not so good this time and the adhesive part of the band-aid wound up on my boil. I attempted to peal the band-aid off with the intention of reapplying it, but the second I pulled out just one more ass hair, I decided I could wait until the morning.
I must get back to work, but I'll have another update later in the day. And yes, I am a writer; an amateur one at that, so your comments are really encouraging. Thank you.
This is PRICELESS! I couldn't stop reading. And I must also give KUDOS for the fact that you not only sought medical advice from the Pharmacist, but a woman none the less! Most men, my husband included would have just whipped out his pocket knife and gone to town! He actually sutured his own wound once. LOL Who does that? Who sits in the bathroom with needle and thread and sews up a gash in their leg? MEN DO! LOL
I honestly can't wait to read you next posting! Sorry to find such entertainment in what is obviously a very painful "situation" and I do hope the salve does the trick. I'm sure that you are feeling a bit better with some of the pressure released, but keep applying the salve since the infection can build right back up again. And sorry to tell you this, but it very well may rear its ugly head again in the future so you may want to sock away a few bucks here and there to save up for a posible lancing, which I have read many women post about and seems to recall them saying that it tends to run around 150-200 bucks to have it done. Also know that an ER will lance it and then you can make payments to the hospital. Just a little FYI in case you do "end" up needing it lanced and drained.
Here's to hoping your stride is smooth and straight today!
Joanna, you and Med Help are right, I need to get this thing checked out. The salve seems like it might be working, but my "pain in the ass" isn't completely gone. I'll give the salve a little more time, then, if everything's not okay, I'll look into finding a free clinic in the area. More band-aid updates later. :)
Get yourself to a doctor ASAP anyway. You've had this one for 6 months now. It might go away; it might not. Even if it does, the probability of it coming back is high. You're going to have to get to the cause of the problem, rather than trying to treat the symptom only. None of my business, but if you work in an office, why do you not have insurance?
When I logged in this morning and saw there was a posting from MedHelp I was truly worried that it was going to be a scorning for the content of these posts. I didn't scroll all the way down to the last posting from MedHelp however, I couldn't. I HAD to read the update from All Alone first. Boy was I relieved to find that MedHelp was simply encouraging him to do the proper thing and seek medical attention.
They are right ya know? I hate to see you suffering so much! And I do believe the stories you could write about the trip to the ER could be just as vivid.
So get your "Butt" down there and get that sucker looked at. Then get back here toot sweet and tell us how you're doing.
No health insurance for me at the moment. This salve seems to have really minimalized the boil, but I've seen no change in its miniscule size in the last 48 hours and I don't think I will. So I will be looking into a free clinic in the area tomorrow. Besides, ripping out my ass hairs with a band-aid twice a day is getting pretty tired. I'll keep everyone posted on how things go. Thanks again everyone.
i never realized someone's but boil could be so interesting :)... please let us know how you are doing
as a single mom with no insurance i feel your pain!!! If you are near a college sometimes they have a clinic on campus... you might be able to get in there... they usually cost about 15 bucks... some colleges you have to be a student to use their clinics but not all :)
Holly, thank you. Being a single mom with two girls, I'm sure you're feeling a lot more than I am.
I stopped using the salve days ago and I've seen no change. The boil, in its miniscule state, has not enlarged or disappeared since cessation of the salve. I'm happy I'm not ripping huge band-aids from my crack though.
I'm not looking forward to mooning some nurse or doctor - as I'm sure that's not something they look forward to either - but I don't think I have any other choice. Thanks again, everyone, for the advice; I appreciate it. When I finally get to a clinic, I'll come back with an update.
I had this one time. sounds like the same thing. I fist noticed it when i fell down while skiing and landed on my rear end. the area hurt tremendously. I ignored it unil it got larger. one night i had enough and literally got out my pockt knife and lanced it myself. I squeezed it until it all finally came out. it was nasty by finally felt better once the cut heald.. Keep in mind that a doctor is probably a better choice than the mcguyver treatment. I did steralize the knife and use alchol (internal and external). I had no infection or anything and i am fine now so I say go for it if it bothers you enough.
Uro, it's never happened like this. Used to get a pimple on my behind every once in a while, but that was it; they went away after a few days. This one is here to stay and, much to my chagrin, a cluster of others is forming on the other cheek.
I don't mean to nag, but "Get yourself to a doctor ASAP anyway. You've had this one for 6 months now. It might go away; it might not. Even if it does, the probability of it coming back is high. You're going to have to get to the cause of the problem, rather than trying to treat the symptom only."
And if you try to lance this thing yourself, you could wind up with an infection that'll land you in the ER. Don't do it!
Like my nickname points out, I signed up to these threads only to comment about this one health issue and the reason why I am here is because I googled "pockets of puss under the skin" and I followed this link. Interesting what you can find on the web indeed.
Although, as a caring individual I am worried about your issue, I am also caught smiling and laughing at your detail and literary imagination. Nevertheless, I too was stricken with a "boil" on my ass check a couple of weeks ago. And, as suggested, I too tried to take the "manly" route after a couple of days of applying a black cream and allowed my girlfriend to perform surgery on the area that I could not reach. After a hot bath and a couple of needle gouges later, we were successful in draining some of the puss out. But after a nights sleep and some consultation from a nurse practitioner, I decided to go the doctor with my limited insurance coverage and he prescribed me an antibiotic. Two days after taking the antibiotic, we squeezed hard and drained that little *******. 12 days after taking the antibiotic, the boil was completely gone.
The complications of not taking care of these issues can lead to staff infections which are apparently far worse than a boil. If you have not already gone, I suggest going and swallowing the white pill that will be prescribed to you.
You know 20 yrs ago I had something like this and mine definately was a boil.I tried to self treat mine too and work at the same time and ended up going to the dr anyway,by that time I had 10 boils and very very very severe pain and I could hardly walk.The dr put antibiotic salve on it and gauze and told me not to touch these boils, that within 4-5 days these would pop and thats when they would be the most contaigious, and that I could cause them to spread by touching them ,and then touching other areas on my body and not washing my hands.Well I already had good hand washing techniques,but this made it even more so....lol.Oh I took showers daily and then reapplied the antibiotic ointment and gauze but other than that I left them alone totally.I also continued to work I worked as an aide midnights and it was very uncomfortable turning pts. and have one of them accidently hit the area where the boils were,(it caused instant unbearable pain)because mine were at the panty waistline crease, and it was hard to twist or bend too.After these popped I had instant ahhh relief and hope I never ever get another.My best advise to you is please see a dr now, and not wait like I did and suffer needlessly.
Please go to http://www.pilonidal.org/Forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=1.
I had the same problem and found this discussion group very helpful. The entire site is dedicated to pilonidal disease, which sounds like what you are experiencing. We are a community of people who currently adjust our everyday lives to the problem, as well as a pretty active group of people who have questions about what the bump back there is all about.
My name is Reign on that forum. Hope to see you there.
oh... and the another thing about the forum... there are people from all sorts of different places... some people might be from your city or town, so they will be helpful in sending you to the right place... and there are a good number of people on the forum with the same problem as you without insurance.
That thing that you have is called a boil. It's basically a pimple that is really infected. I just had one on New Year's Eve this year. You will have to have it lanced. It hurts really bad but it worth it after it is all said and done!
I googled "draw out salve", "abscess" and came across this forum. Currently, I have what I consider an abscess on my cheek, luckily not near my crack, located more towards the hip, making it difficult to sit and sleep, not to mention walking, standing, moving, existing....
At this point, it is about 4 inches and very red and swollen. I believe it was caused from an injection of vitamin B that a friend administered, claiming it would give me unfathomable energy and a sense of well being. Possible side effects: the exact opposite. Anyway, I am sure it isn't an ingrown hair, or zit gone wild, and of course, I don't have health insurance (which might explain accepting a shot from a friend), and I am trying to avoid going to the ER. I have heard horror stories about physicians/nurses lancing, so I am trying to figure out how to end this misery without having to perform any surgery, home or legit. I assume this would require taking prescription medication, which is a problem, due to lack of insurance, so if anyone has any advice regarding my issue, spill it...
I lied. I am considering pretending George Clooney is my co-worker and performing "ER" at home (oh, I am a female, not gay, so I need to know how to properly prep for this procedure, of which I also need educating. Can anyone offer a crash course in surgery?
Currently, I am sitting at my computer with only half of my ass on my chair. The other half is covered in dark, dark brown "draw out salve", and is hot and painful to the touch. SOS SOS SOS SOS
I forgot to mention this:
The side of my groin (do women have groins?) is very tender and sore. It is the same side the abscess is on, and I assume it is a swollen lymph node that is the root of the pain. Ouch.
I frequently get those types of places in my groin, inner leg, under arm, and anal regions. The best thing to do is to go to a surgeon. They will lance the abscess and drain the infection. Then they will insert a wick and leave the wound open to heal and lessen the risk of re-infection. They will also more than likely give you a prescription for a broad spectrum antibiotic. The pain will go away usually in a matter of hours after the abscess is drained but sometimes lasts a day or so. It will take a couple of weeks to fully heal and there will be some scarring. This is a small price to pay, however, considering that an abscess can be immensely painful. Hope this helps
Hey, everyone...! It's been a long time since I started this thread - a little over two years! But someone recently sent me a PM (I didn't even know I had a PM box) and that reminded me about this thread and everyone's concern.
All is well with the business end of my business end. My "visitor" hasn't returned and, unfortunately, my diet fell to the way side. I was actually down over 50 pounds at one point, but I've gained some of that back. Oh, well. At least I can sit, stand and walk around without the excruciating gluteal friction that spawned this thread in the first place.
I appreciate everyone's help, advice and concern. As much as I enjoyed writing these posts - and as much as I enjoyed you folks enjoying them - I'm glad this isn't still an ongoing issue. However, you can rest assured that the next time I have a medical issue, I will first come here with all the juicy, gory, puss-filled details. :)
I apparently have two of them... one is right at the beginning of my *** crack and the other one is 1 inch below it. I have had it for 8months now and i have tried applying vaseline, talcum power, etc.
I went to the doctor a 6months ago and he cut it open and asked me to come in almost every day to get it patched up with some gauze. I went for about a month to the nurse then i stopped(i had moved to a new house and other stuff). But i haven't stopped applying the Gauze to my wounds since then. (The Doc said it should take 3 weeks to heal up)
Two weeks ago it got really small and was barely bleeding at all until something happen and it started bleeding like crazy(i used up like 2papertowels to dry it up). So now the wound is back to its original state and im debating if i should make a trip to the doctors again or continue applying the gauze on my own.
I have had bariatric surgery and have lost 70lbs. For the first time I have a cluster of zits. One I squeezed tonight and just a little puss came out. I am hoping that maybe because I havn't been taking my iron tablets for the past week that resuming that will heal up my *** crack issue. I googled *** crack boils and this tread came up. I'm not one to go to the dr until I can't take the pain anylonger. Mine are in the area where they hurt when I sit.
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